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#OptOutside This Holiday Season

As a premier outdoor destination and the gateway to the Sierras, there’s no better way to spend the holiday season than outside in Reno Tahoe. After indulging in all the delicious food, cookies and spiked eggnog, #OptOutside for your next adventure. Please follow the Rules of the Trail so we can keep adventuring throughout the holiday season!

Discover Ways to #OptOutside in Reno Tahoe

Go on a Hike

There are countless reasons why Reno is awesome. But one that stands out is the year-round hiking. Reno tends to get less snow in the valley compared to the mountains, but even if snow does fall in town, that just makes the views more spectacular.

Kings Canyon offers a short hike in the hills near Carson City and features a year-round waterfall at the end. Less than a mile round trip, this hike is perfect for families and leaves you time to grab a bite to eat and explore more of the area.

Hike around Huffaker Hills in the southeast part of Reno for some of the best views of the city. This 2-mile loop will offer panoramic views of the eastern hills and downtown Reno and is the perfect place to watch a Reno Tahoe sunset.

Explore Public Art

Take your friends and family on a self-guided public art walk through MidTown and downtown Reno. We have more than 100 murals painted by local, national and international artists. Check out some Burning Man art at City Plaza or take a colorful stroll after dark along Reno’s Neon Line. For an interactive map of all public art in the area, visit

Ride Your Bike

Whether you want to hit the dirt or cruise the pavement, riding your bike is the perfect way to #OptOutside this holiday season. Located south of Reno, at the base of Mt. Rose Highway near Galena Regional Park, is Dry Pond Loop. This 7-mile loop features a challenging climb and exhilarating descent through pine trees and aspens along Whites Creek and Thomas Creek.

If you are looking to cruise the pavement, then head to the Truckee River. The Tahoe-Pyramid Trail is a hiking and biking trail that follows the entirety of the Truckee River, from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake. For a relaxing, paved cruise, we recommend the section from Mayberry Park to downtown. For a heart-pumping ride start in Verdi and ride across the suspension bridge to Floriston.

Whitney Peak Climbing Wall

Yes, Whitney Peak has an indoor climbing gym, but to opt outside, try their Guinness Book of World Records, “World’s Largest Climbing Wall.” The outdoor climbing wall is 164 feet tall and offers the best views and selfie opportunities with the Reno Arch.

Gone Fishing

Enjoy Reno Tahoe’s great outdoors by fishing our world-class lakes and rivers. Grab your waders and fish for trout in the Truckee River and Pyramid Lake. New to fishing? Reno Fly Shop is conveniently located near the river in downtown Reno and offers lessons for all levels.

Hit the Slopes

With many Lake Tahoe ski resorts slated to open around Thanksgiving (or a few even open now), now is the perfect opportunity to dust off your winter gear, head up the mountain and check out the epic terrain. Don’t forget to check for your favorite resort’s opening dates!

Read our Ultimate Insiders Guide for more awesome fun in the area, and make sure to use #RenoTahoe for a chance to be featured on our social channels or website!

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